Indianapolis, Marion County expected to get $424M from latest relief bill

Indianapolis and Marion County are expected to receive a total of about $424 million from the pandemic relief package passed by Congress on Wednesday—more than twice the amount received from previous aid packages.

The funding is part of an overall $1.9 trillion bill that could send as much as $5.87 billion to the state, including roughly $237 million to Indianapolis and another $187 million to Marion County.

Indiana will receive about $3 billion to administer state-level programs, as well.

A representative in the office of Rep. Andre Carson, D-District 7, who provided the data, said the figures are a “preliminary estimate, subject to possible technical corrections.”

The local money is likely to go toward covering additional expenses incurred by local and county government, as well as a host of programs already in place, such as rental and mortgage assistance, combatting homelessness and small business grants and loans.

“Direct relief from the #AmericanRescuePlan will help Indy businesses, workers, and residents recover and boost our economic comeback,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said on Twitter on Wednesday night. “As we receive this new funding, we’ll continue to prioritize those most harmed by the pandemic, keeping equity at the forefront of our efforts.”

However, the city has not yet been officially informed of how much it will receive, so it cannot yet determine how precisely the money will be allocated. Those allocations will require approval from City-County Council.

The relief bill, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign Friday, includes about $350 billion for state and local funding. It also includes $1,400 direct payments for most Americans and an extension of emergency unemployment benefits of $300 per week, into early September.

Also in the bill is more than $200 billion for education and childcare programs, renter and homeowner assistance funds, and tax breaks for families with and without children.

The city and county in 2020 received and appropriated $168 million in funds from the federal government, including more than $70 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. In January, it allocated about $43 million from a federal relief package passed by Congress on Dec. 21, as well as $13 million from the city’s general fund.

The new package also includes funding for other counties, cities and towns across the state., including in central Indiana. Greenwood is expected to receive nearly $9 million, while Muncie and Anderson will receive $31 million and $23 million, respectively. Carmel will get $21 million, Fishers will get $20 million and Noblesville $13.5 million.

The money allocated for other counties in central Indiana:

— Boone, $13.16 million

— Hamilton, $65.56 million

— Hancock, $15.16 million

— Hendricks, $33.03 million

— Johnson, $30.68 million

— Madison, $25.13 million

— Morgan, $13.67 million

— Shelby, $8.67 million.

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4 thoughts on “Indianapolis, Marion County expected to get $424M from latest relief bill

  1. “As we receive this new funding, we’ll continue to prioritize those most harmed by the pandemic, keeping equity at the forefront of our efforts.” Do you really think the Mayor has a clue? Who’s pockets will be lined?

    1. The city and county governments were reorganized into a consolidated government, but Marion County and the City of Indianapolis continue to exist as separate legal entities. (Also, Lawrence, Speedway, Beech Grove, and Southport were specifically excluded from the city-county consolidation, but they are subject to certain countywide ordinances and taxes and they vote for city-county officials, such as the Mayor of Indianapolis).

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